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About CyclingCraig

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  1. I own the XD Mod.2 5" tactical. Here is the thread I started with mine: Looking at XD Mod.2 Tactical (5") 9mm I shot mine last night actually. I REALLY like this pistol, it fits my hand very well, I have small hands and even thought this doesn't have interchangeable back straps, the grip fits me really well. Build quality is pretty good from what I can tell, gun is solid. The trigger is OK, nothing great, long take up, but kinda crisp break. This can be fixed with a Powder River Precision drop in trigger. Accuracy: This gun is great for me. I shot better with this than my M&P, maybe it's the longer sight radius or the grip, but i have better groups, your mileage may vary. Let me know if you have any questions -Craig
  2. So Finally got to the range with the new targets. I shot with a .22LR S+W Victory and a 9mm Full size. Then used a friends .45 1911 for a few shots Overall impression: These things are AWESOME !!! compared to shooting paper or Splatter targets!! I may never shoot paper again, maybe to warm up a little or sight in a gun, but that's it I have the 6" and the 4" Hang Tuffs, we where shooting from 10 Meters (About 33 Feet). Reactivity: The 4" moves more than the 6" (Obviously.. 6" is heavier, the 8" my buddy had, moved even less but still wiggled with the .22) With both .22 and 9mm the 4" really swung around, and the 6" moved pretty well too.. MORE than enough to tell you hit it very easily. The .45 moved the targets more, but not crazy. Durability: Put about 100 rounds into the 6" and yeah it has these grayish/black marks and small/tiny holes where the bullets entered, exit holes looked like pin holes, but they held up awesome. These will last a pretty long time. The .45 definitely showed more damage then the 9mm, and I assume would shorten the life of the target. Usability: I loved these things!! The instant feedback of if you hit a 4" or 6" circle over and over again is awesome! With splatter targets, you actually have to focus on the target to see you hit it (My eyes are starting to go). Then, which splatter hit was the last one? Was it the one inside the 4" ring or outside?. At that point you lost the feedback loop your brain builds for good shot placement / practice. With these, you see that thing flip around / jiggle you know you had a good shot. I was doing punch out, one shot drills from high ready, and knew each time if I hit what I was aiming for immediately. That to me, is very important feedback. I also had my two targets next to each other, so I would transition from the 4" to the 6" to practice follow up shots. Anyway.. These things are a TON of fun, They will be my go to targets and makes range time more fun and productive. Let me know if you have any questions. -Craig
  3. Did you use the special Caliper Lube / Brake Lube... It's special High temp lube that can withstand the temps generated by the brakes. Normal lubes break down quickly and then the calipers don't slide on the guide pins properly.
  4. I'll have to report back, I'll be using my 9mm with them. I have used the "Poppers" once at a match, but this is the first time I will use the hanging "Gong" types. I'm more interested in the movement "Feedback" you get for proper hits during practice. I got the 6" and the 4".. the larger 8" is for a friend. The 4" seems small, but it is the new 2017 IDPA Down zero size for head area on the targets.
  5. Hey all, Just thought I would throw this out there. Just picked these up yesterday for hopefully better practice time at the range. They look pretty cool and I can't wait to try them out: Does anyone else have/use these types of "self healing" targets for range practice?
  6. Well I finally got to the range with the new XD. I didn't really do any REAL testing with it, more of playing for the first time out. My plan is next time I will bench rest it and check accuracy and grouping. But for now.. .I REALLY REALLY like this pistol! The new Grip Zone Ad on the grip is kinda corny, but man does it fit my hand well. I have small hands (Add comments here..) and with the XD, the trigger reach is MUCH shorter than other pistols I have shot, which helps a ton. For just playing around and quick group checks it shot awesome for me. Stock trigger take up is LONG but break is OK, will have to see after things break in a little. I dare say, I am doing better with it already than my M&P 4.25" with the APEX trigger in it, but more time needed for a better conclusion. Overall very happy with the purchase. but I am sure I also would have been happy with any of my other choices. Let me know if anyone has questions they might want to know about it. -Craig
  7. THANKS!... I just submitted, I would have missed this
  8. Well, I was in the same boat, looking at the same handguns I ended up going with the Springfield XD Mod.2 Tactical (5" barrel). Plus right now they have a rebate going on for 4 extra mags, a holster and mag pouches
  9. Well, thanks everyone for the feedback. I ended up going for the XD Mod.2 Tactical 5" after much self debate about the XDM and the new M&P M2's.... I just really liked the price point, features and looks of the Mod.2 I can't pick it up for another 2 weeks or so (30 day window). But as soon as I get it to the range, I will post my initial thoughts.
  10. If you haven't yet, invest in a a decent set of sand bags. Take the time (and it will take some time) and sight in the pistol, I know it's not the fun-est thing in the world to do with your range time. Grab a seat, set up a nice solid bench rest and start testing with strings of 5 shots. Check your grouping and POA / POI. I would say you should test from at least 10 or 15 yards. Adjust your sights (Bring that pusher to the range, I have the same one BTW) until you are happy with your Sight Picture and POA/POI (Point of Aim vs Point of Impact). Once you are sure your pistol is sighted in, THEN you can start diagnosing trigger control issues and really work on your accuracy
  11. Thanks for everyone's input, but now you guys are making me look at Performance Center M&P and the SA Comp ... After seeing Hailess_Ape above post I looked again at the XDM 5.25 Comp, then my head was like,, at this point throw in the Performance Center M&P with the HiViz sights and ported barrel!! Uhhhh I have no idea what to do now! What do they say "Cry Once" ???
  12. I plan to order through a local place that can do compliance work, order with the 16's plus extra ones and have them pin them to 15 for me
  13. Part of the reason is the increased cost... adds close to $150 to the price tag. Also, I have small hands (I know where that one goes) and the grip on the Mod.2 seem much thinner and better for my hand and trigger reach.
  14. Hi all Looking to get another pistol and I want to buy new. Currently the top of my list is the XD Mod.2 Tactical (5"). Primary use would be range fun and I just started doing some IDPA. This pistol would be my main choice for IDPA (That is why I wanted a 5" barrel). I have other things for nightstand/HD so this one would be as a backup to have around but mostly fun. I wanted a 5" for longer sight radius, less flip (More weight out front) and overall greater accuracy. (BTW all my firearms are MUCH more accurate than my eyes will ever be, but looking for any advantage I can get) I can't afford a 1911 right now, so that is not in play. I looked at the Glock 43 and Glocks just don't fit me well. The M&P M2.0 just came out. I have an M&P now, but not sure I want the same pistol just with a longer barrel?? Change things up / Variety is fun. So anyone out there with the XD Mod.2 Tactical? Is the PRP trigger necessary (Currently use to APEX in my M&P)? Thanks